While the Tablet PC Handbook will not launch until early January, here is quick sneak peek of what is to come. This blog and a Twitter account @TabletHandbook have been created in advance of launch to promote this new website.
The Tablet PC Handbook will be an online website that is a robust source for information related to Tablet PCs. MediaWiki will be used to run the website, but it is designed to be in the form of an online collaborative book. The site will cover everything from the hardware to how Tablet PCs are used. The focus will be on Windows based Tablet PCs, but it will branch out into the related fields where necessary. Right now the site is password protected, but when launched it will be found at http://tabletpchandbook.com/.
To give some background on why I started this project, I am a senior Computer Engineering & Computer Science student at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering. My experience with Tablet PCs includes having owned and used multiple Tablet PCs for use in my college education. Additionally, I work with Speed School which has a mandatory Tablet PC program for all incoming students and have experience providing technical support to students.
My work so far includes the formation of the Student Tablet User Group and a number of episodes of Tablet Tips, an online video podcast about the use of Tablet PCs in education. This effort produced a poster I presented at WIPTE 2008 (A Student Driven Initiative to Increasing the Effectiveness of Tablet Based Learning Programs). The past two fall semesters I have worked for the Engineering Fundamentals department in Speed School which teaches the calculus courses for engineering students. I developed a piece of software called DyKnow Panel eXtractor which is used in processing student work collected using DyKnow. This work resulted in my co-authoring a paper that was presented at WIPTE 2009 (Scoring DyKnow Retrieved Panels for Large Classes).
I am a technology enthusiast and all around geek. My personal website which includes information about the various projects I have undertaken is https://www.jaredhatfield.com. My personal blog, A Jared Blog, includes more information about what I have been up to lately. Additionally, I can be found on twitter @jjhat1.